Proteomic consequences of a single gene mutation in a colorectal cancer model

J Proteome Res. 2012 Feb 3;11(2):1184-95. doi: 10.1021/pr2009109. Epub 2011 Dec 13.


The proteomic effects of specific cancer-related mutations have not been well characterized. In colorectal cancer (CRC), a relatively small number of mutations in key signaling pathways appear to drive tumorigenesis. Mutations in adenomatous polyposis coli (APC), a negative regulator of Wnt signaling, occur in up to 60% of CRC tumors. Here we examine the proteomic consequences of a single gene mutation by using an isogenic CRC cell culture model in which wildtype APC expression has been ectopically restored. Using LC-MS/MS label free shotgun proteomics, over 5000 proteins were identified in SW480Null (mutant APC) and SW480APC (APC restored). We observed 155 significantly differentially expressed proteins between the two cell lines, with 26 proteins showing opposite expression trends relative to gene expression measurements. Protein changes corresponded to previously characterized features of the APCNull phenotype: loss of cell adhesion proteins, increase in cell cycle regulators, alteration in Wnt signaling related proteins, and redistribution of β-catenin. Increased expression of RNA processing and isoprenoid biosynthetic proteins occurred in SW480Null cells. Therefore, shotgun proteomics reveals proteomic differences associated with a single gene change, including many novel differences that fall outside known target pathways.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Cytoplasm / metabolism
  • Genes, APC
  • Humans
  • Models, Genetic*
  • Mutation*
  • Peptide Mapping / methods*
  • Proteome / analysis
  • Proteome / genetics*
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Proteomics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Signal Transduction / genetics
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry / methods*


  • Proteome